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Sr Systems Engineer – Military Aircraft Systems

Englewood CO Sierra Nevada Corporation

As a Sr. Systems Engineer, you will be working with a small to medium sized systems team responsible for the design, integration, verification, test, and fielding of multiple complex aircraft systems. You will be a key point of contact for IAS Chief Engineering on most functional aspects of the system. You will have the ability to work with software, hardware, electrical, and other systems engineers to meet the goals of the program. You will be responsible for tracking systems engineering progress to cost and schedule milestones, and have the opportunity to present technical presentations and content to IAS’ customers when needed. 

The ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance), Aviation, and Security (IAS) business area is a leader in ISR and aviation, it is a leading prime manned and unmanned aircraft systems integrator for innovative, high-performance ISR and aviation systems. Its end-to-end Command, Control, Computers, Communications and Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (C4ISR) capabilities encompass design, integration, test, certification, ground/flight training and complete logistics support. IAS tailors solutions to customer cost, performance, and schedule requirements and designs to consistently exceed expectations – with an unrivaled record of on time and on (or under) budget deliveries. Learn more about IAS

This specific role is within the Military Aircraft System (MAS) Business Unit of IAS’ Aircraft Integration Systems (AIS) organization. MAS responds to Customer requirements to integrate new and/or enhanced capabilities into the Customer’s aircraft or fleet of aircraft. MAS, as the name implies, normally makes modifications to aircraft originally designed to support a military purpose; most commonly MAS works with C-130 aircraft. Specific capabilities fall generally into the categories of communications systems, (ISR) sensor systems, aircraft defensive systems, and avionics systems. MAS designs solutions that incorporate the desired “best of breed” components, and then integrate them into one or more aircraft as required. Your specific responsibilities will be to design solutions to integrate compute, network, radio, and datalink solutions into an existing aircraft infrastructure and carry-on kits.


  • Bachelor's of Science degree in System Engineering or related discipline and typically 10 or more years of relevant experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge of engineering principles and practices
  • Experience working in multi-disciplinary design and development teams
  • Thorough understanding of requirements management, functional requirements parsing, derivation, and allocation; systems design, systems integration, technical risk identification and management strategies, and Verification and Validation (V&V) principles
  • Background in the Aerospace and Defense Industry
  • Background supporting integration and test in aircraft or systems integration lab environments
  • The ability to obtain and maintain a Security Clearance may be required. Learn more about the background check process for Security Clearances


  • Background in development of high-power radio frequency systems
  • Experience in environmental qualification of equipment
  • Experience developing software to align with program requirements
  • Background in application Open Mission System (OMS) principles to engineering solutions
  • Advanced Experience with requirements management and system modelling tools, such as Cameo, DOORS, Rhapsody, MATLAB
  • Knowledge of industry standard mechanical design principles, to include, but not limited to requirements management, Model Based System Engineering (MBSE)
  • Experience or certification in INCOSE standards
  • Experience leading baseline definition and maturation in a complex development setting, including the use of high impact trade studies and other measures
  • Thorough understanding of establishing and tracking key Technical Performance Measurements (TPM)

At Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) we deliver customer-focused technology and best-of-breed integrations in the aerospace and defense sectors. SNC has been honored as one of the most innovative U.S. companies in space, a Tier One Superior Supplier for the U.S. Air Force, and as one of America’s fastest-growing companies. Learn more about SNC

Estimated Starting Salary Range: $120,552.10 – $165,759.14

SNC offers annual incentive pay based upon performance that is commensurate with the level of the position.

SNC offers a generous benefit package, including medical, dental, and vision plans, 401(k) with 150% match up to 6%, life insurance, 3 weeks paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and more.


To conform to U.S. Government international trade regulations, applicant must be a U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State or U.S. Department of Commerce.

At Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), our mission is to dream, innovate, inspire and empower the next generation to transform humanity through technology and imagination. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we welcome our employees to bring their whole selves to their work. SNC is committed to fostering an inclusive, accepting, and diverse environment free of discrimination.  Employment decisions are made without regarding to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran or other characteristics protected by law. Contributions to SNC come in many shapes and styles, and we believe diversity in our workforce fosters new and greater ways to dream, innovate, and inspire.

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